Waterproof surf cameras: capture the best waves, shoot your own surf sessions

Waterproof surf cameras are an essential tool in any modern surfer's life.

In the 21st century, the quality of the digital photo and video cameras improved dramatically and were upgraded to fit the ultimate wave riding needs.

Today, it's easy to capture the essence of surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing, and bodyboarding - the maneuvers and the wipeouts can get recorded in magnificent 4K.

Waterproof surf cameras provide a great legacy for surfers. Riders can now review their position on the surfboard, fine-tune their tricks, correct future positioning in the line-up, and make better decisions in the waves.

Digital cameras for water sports have special features and must meet a handful of requirements. After all, each wave is absolutely unique, and they must be ready to face the harshest ocean and weather conditions.

Portability, wearability, the quality of the pictures and videos, weight and digital compatibility, are some of the most important characteristics you must tick before buying a digital surf camera.

There are more options than you might imagine. Filming and photographing waves and surfing is more than just mounting a small camera on a surfboard and clicking the record button.

As your enthusiasm in the water grows, you may need to upgrade your equipment and, who knows, step into the world of professional immersive water cameras.

Are you still new to filming? No worries. Learn how to shoot a professional surfing video.

 

GoPro HD Hero6 Black

GoPro HD Hero6 Black

One of the best waterproof digital surf cameras for capturing yourself. You can mount the camera on your surfboard or carry it in your chest and helmet. Its high-resolution 4K video at 60 frames per second, 12MP photos, and Wi-Fi will do the rest. Great to impress girls and surf rivals.

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Polaroid Cube+

Polaroid Cube+

Records Full HD 1440p video and can take 8-megapixel still photos. To help capture more of the action, it features a fixed 124-degree wide-angle lens. Helping ensure the camera is safe to go on all sorts of adventures, the rubberized body is splash-proof and impact resistant. Allows WiFi live streaming.

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Sony RX0

Sony RX0

A spectacular high-performance, ultra-compact waterproof camera equipped with a 24mm ZEISS Tessar lens. It will let you shoot super slow motion at up to 960fps/1000fps.

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Ricoh WG-50

Ricoh WG-50

More than just a 14-meter waterproof camera. It offers a 16 megapixel sensor, a 5x optical zoom, a wide angle lens, and built-in LCD monitor. Its underwater mode results in more natural coloring.

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SeaLife DC2000

SeaLife DC2000

A great waterproof camera for those who would love to kick off a surf career as a surf photographer. This underwater digital camera offers 20-megapixel results and vibrant colors to make photos you will never forget. It was depth tested to 200 feet and has a great flash option.

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Nikon CoolPix W300

Nikon CoolPix W300

A waterproof and shockproof camera prepared for all water battles. The quality of the glass lens allows 16MP photos and 4K UHD 30p movies. As an extra, enjoy the built-in GPS.

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Contour Roam 3

Contour Roam 3

A waterproof and shockproof camera prepared for all water battles. The quality of the glass lens allows 16MP photos and 4K UHD 30p movies. As an extra, enjoy the built-in GPS.

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Drift Ghost 4K

Drift Ghost 4K

Offers Ultra-HD at 30fps or 1080p at 120fps video for creating crystal clear footage, with its high definition lens. Features dual microphones, image stabilization and gyroscope.

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SJCam SJ7 Star

SJCam SJ7 Star

A high-quality 4K camera with 1080p at 120fps and 720p at 240fps video resolution. It also offers a WiFi connection for iOS/Android devices.

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Intova X4K

Intova X4K

IT captures stunning 4K or HD video in low-light conditions. Its built-in 150 lumen LED light can be used as a flash for photography or as a constant light for video. The housing is built of rugged polycarbonate with a rubberized armor coating.

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The waterproof surf camera review has been updated on September 13, 2018.

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